• 11 week old puppy eating LOTS of sand and little rocks?

    we found and saved a puppy from a busy road. Shes come out of her depression now. Shes eating regularly, but shes slow on gaining weight. Shes been to the vet, had a fecal, been de-wormed and vaccinated. Vet believes she is Catahoula/Husky/Great Dane mixture of some sort. We have discovered she is eating massive amounts of sand from the kids sand... show more
    we found and saved a puppy from a busy road. Shes come out of her depression now. Shes eating regularly, but shes slow on gaining weight. Shes been to the vet, had a fecal, been de-wormed and vaccinated. Vet believes she is Catahoula/Husky/Great Dane mixture of some sort. We have discovered she is eating massive amounts of sand from the kids sand box, and smooth small pebbles from the playground. So much so she is pooping "Sand Turds" We feel its hindering her eating ability. At the moment we keep her dish filled and she is never really hungry. She has food and water available all the time and seems to like the food, but then will go outside and eat sand again. Anyone else with this issue and did it resolve or how to fix it? for those vet hungry posters. I did call the vet. They suggested she had worms, I told them "you just de-wormed her 2 weeks ago"/ "oh they say then come in and have a full work up done" I say no way dudes too expensive, just because shes eating sand. I think a new vet is in order. and a little more for those who are not familiar with my background. I am dog knowledgeable. I own and foster many dogs and animals however this is another first for me never had a dog do this. She is not mineral deficient. She is getting a Raw and high end kibble diet till she gains a better weight. So I doubt its that. She eats a fair amount as well as drinks regularly and chews fresh bones like they are treats. the dog has a 2 acre area and a 1/2 acre fenced grass, trees, rocks, all that good stuff to play in. I own 6 other dogs and no issues there. The dog was deemed in perfect health. if she was sick, underweight, acting abnormal (other than this) or injured. I sure would do a full work up. Unfortunately since thats all the vet office wants to do rather than help me determine cause first, I think its only about money for them. I prefer to exhaust all other avenues than shell out 1000 bucks or more for them to tell me its Pica and its neurological. If I could fence in the sand I would but its a very large area and should I fence her from everything? that seems like slapping a band aid on a gaping wound. Dont get me wrong I like suggestions keep em coming. as far as the thinly veiled comments, I didnt ask for your opinion I asked if anyone had this issue and did it resolve or not, how it was fixed. I am aware of Pica, boredom and mineral issues. It is all on me, I took on the dog I will deal long after your comments are made. You have made great points as far as cause, but your suggestions are mostly - well go to a vet, when I clearly stated I did. Vets do not know everything. Especially over worked, massively egoed, and over charging vets like the one I currently am seeing. They cant even remember my name when I walk in and I am in there 4 times a month or so with 6 dogs and cats and other things. They have Pica of my wallet. Steve I always write a hell of a lot and it seems never to work. Cause, as you have done also, everyone jumps to conclusions. If you want me to take your advice then dont rub your stuff in my face. I have had her 3 weeks and a few days. I do know how to feed raw. She is a puppy, and since she was a stray she did NOT do well going to strict raw at first, and because I feared mineral deficiency at first, I was feeding Wellness kibble and gradually getting her into Raw. Not really crappy I dont think. IF she was severely mineral deficient I would notice her chewing and eating other things not just sand. In that she does not do. She chews MANY large raw bones calcium is not a likely culprit. Maybe she came to me deficient but with the diet she is currently on I do not think this should be the case, and it should not cause her to eat so MUCH sand and rock. She eats majority raw now, and I fill her bowl with Wellness. She eats it gone in a day but she nibbles and browses mainly cause I f ah bollocks it cut me off. anyway shes confined as of yet for the food issue. All my other dogs are strictly raw. She is crated in the garage I have an airline feeder in her crate to give her access to kibble. I dont leave raw outside in a bowl at all. I re-fridge or throw what they dont eat. ALSO everyone forgive me and my brash aggression I dont know why I do that. I hate being told I am wrong or doing something wrong. Its an opinion website your all entitled to it. Thank you ALL for your answers. I will be better next time I promise. I am not a very nice person today
    8 answers · Dogs · 7 years ago